Past Events - 2021
February 18, 2021
“The Gifts of Liminal Space and Time”
Women’s Perspective; Conversation between Jean and Nina Simons,
co-founder of Bioneers, host-participant, Rosemary Williams:
January 13, 2021 @ 3:00pm
For Members Only of the Association for the Study of Women & Mythology (ASWM)
“Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People
Can Save the Planet”
with Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen
In this time of ecological and social upheaval, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen returns us to timeless wisdom found in her book, “Like a Tree.” Gloria Steinem says of this poetic and inspirational book, “Like a Tree is the rare book that not only informs, but offers a larger consciousness of life itself.” This remarkable book grew out of Jean’s practice of walking among tall trees and also mourning the loss of a Monterey pine that was cut down in her neighborhood. How many of us recognize that we are “tree people? Jean’s presentation covers the subject of trees from anatomy and physiology to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols, and issues a call to learn from and protect our environment. She speaks about deforestation, global warming, and overpopulation, as well as the work of individuals and organizations to save trees everywhere. Her presentation is a strong and positive call to ecological activism and spiritual reflection.
January 10, 2021 @ 6:00-7:30 pm ET
“Transformation or Decline?
The Global Pandemic Crisis and Personal Second Half of Life Parallels”
Jean Shinoda Bolen
The second half of life is a prime concern of Jungian psychology. Individuals are shaped by family and cultural expectations; it is a liminal phase between "what was" and "what next?" An awareness of the passage of time makes real the potential time remaining. The coronavirus pandemic brought these issues to the forefront globally. When there are major life changes, losses and disruptions of life as usual, there is unrest in the psyche; depression and anxiety come to the surface. Whether personal or collectively, a crisis is a time of danger and opportunity.
In this presentation, Jean Shinoda Bolen will explore the questions: Are there symbols of transformation emerging? Will we go forward or regress? What about our creative and spiritual life and resources? Do we feel and heed what we may be called to do? The qualities that can see us through are "love, hope, perseverance, trust and gratitude."